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Rampage Jackson’s biggest concern at UFC 123 is having an exciting fight

By Zach Arnold | November 19, 2010

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Video interview from MMAFighting.com.

ARIEL HELWANI: “I noticed at the press conference, you’re in a very good, right? You seem to be in a very good mindset going into this fight. Can you talk about that a little bit?”

QUINTON “RAMPAGE” JACKSON: “Yeah, because I’m very confident. I trained very hard. I always train like it’s a championship fight so I’ve trained five rounds and my camp went really well and I’m, man, things are going good, you know. I’m just really happy.”

ARIEL HELWANI: “It was very personal between you and Rashad (Evans). This time, not so much. You know, not all that trash talking, just sort of a mutual respect there. Do you perform better when you don’t have to deal with that other stuff, the talking back and forth?”

QUINTON “RAMPAGE” JACKSON: “Well, I don’t know. That has nothing to do with it. I don’t care. I don’t care about that type of stuff. Whether a guy’s cool or not, that has nothing to do with it.”

ARIEL HELWANI: “You’ve done a lot of media for this fight. You were on The Late Show with Craig Ferguson. What was that experience like?”

QUINTON “RAMPAGE” JACKSON: “Man, that guy was funny as hell. Craig Ferguson, you the man. He’s funny. I could tell he didn’t know much about MMA and I was almost calling him out like, you don’t even know who I am, do you? But, you know, I didn’t want to call him out on live TV but he’s a cool guy.”

ARIEL HELWANI: “Do you think you turned him into a fan?”

QUINTON “RAMPAGE” JACKSON: “Well, I don’t know. I’m pretty sure he might be interested to watch it if he has time.”

ARIEL HELWANI: “You talked about potentially getting some other opportunities outside of fighting. Any projects you could talk about?”

QUINTON “RAMPAGE” JACKSON: “There’s nothing that I can talk about. I focused solely on this fight. I didn’t… I haven’t even talked to my agents and stuff like that.”

ARIEL HELWANI: “Just curious about the last fight. You said that there was something that happened that you probably shouldn’t have taken the fight. Are you able to elaborate as to what that was?”

QUINTON “RAMPAGE” JACKSON: “I just, you know… I kind of learned something from watching Randy Couture. I noticed that he don’t make excuses and I do. I do make excuses for all my losses because I got excuses for all my losses. But I just really choose not to talk about it this time. I just felt obligated to take the fight because I couldn’t take the fight in Memphis because I had to, you know, do the movie. I’m a big fan of A-Team and Mr. T and B.A. Baracus and I never was a big fan of MMA. I just started fighting, you know. I’ve seen it and stuff before I started but I wasn’t like a big fan so I felt like, you know, I had to go with, I couldn’t not take the movie. So… When things happen in camp and stuff like that and I was thinking that maybe I should pull out of the fight but I didn’t. I just did it for the fans and I tried my best and I almost won, you know, I’m happy with that.”

ARIEL HELWANI: “You said on Sportscenter (Thursday) that part of you fears that the fight might be boring just due to his style, in your opinion. Is there a possibility that, you know, because of his style and your desire to make it an exciting fight you’re sort of playing into his hand there, you sort of have to not make yourself be too over aggressive, you know what I mean?”

QUINTON “RAMPAGE” JACKSON: “Yeah, I just have to see when I get in there. That’s what I do. I make my little tweaks and this and that at fights sometimes, you know what I’m saying. This is one of my worries about this fight. It’s not a worry of winning or losing because at this point in my career, you know what I’m saying, I really don’t, I always want to win, you know, I want to win really bad but I’m not going out there not to lose, you know, I’m not going to go fight not too lose, I’m not in that mindset so it’s like one of those things, like they asked me what my worries, what are my concerns are, am I concerned about his karate. I’m not concerned about myself. The only thing I’m concerned about the fight being an exciting fight for the fans because I think without the fans, you know what I’m saying, there would be no sport so why not try to put on a great show for the fans here…”

ARIEL HELWANI: “Finally, this was the first time we got to talk since you were on WWE RAW. Just curious about, you know, how you enjoyed that experience and I know you’ve always been a wrestling fan as a child. Did it sort of, you know, maybe get those creative juices flowing that maybe you try that one day?”

QUINTON “RAMPAGE” JACKSON: “Man, that was like a childhood dream come true. If I wasn’t an MMA fighter I probably would have been a pro-wrestler. That was really fun, like the guys are so cool there like The Big Show, he taught me how to do the chokeslam correctly and the guys there are really cool. Ted DiBiase Jr. man, those guys are they’re like really down to earth and really cool people. It was a real treat.”

ARIEL HELWANI: “Do you think you’ll ever do it?”

QUINTON “RAMPAGE” JACKSON: “Well, yeah, if they have me I’d like to do something. I can’t do what they do, they go on tour like all year and stuff like that, I’ve got kids. I don’t like traveling that much. So I can be like one of those special come-here-every-now-and-then type of guys. I couldn’t do the whole thing that they do all the time.”

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2 Responses to “Rampage Jackson’s biggest concern at UFC 123 is having an exciting fight”

  1. liger05 says:

    If Quinton only wants to do a few pro-wrestling shows he needs to get in touch with Antonio Inoki. I’m pretty sure that guy would convince someone to waste good money on flying in Ramapage for 1 IGF show every 3 months.

  2. Rampage is one of the most entertaining guys in MMA. I dont know if he does it on purpose but he seems to always add some humor to his comments. It’s good to see that branching out into other things..

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